An Outback Ecotour Offers Many Adventures

Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By Chris Sands on May 19, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Cabo San Lucas is one of the great destination for ecotourists due to the rich biodiversity enjoyed by the area, where the desert meets the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can enjoy a host of eco-friendly adventures like hiking, climbing, ziplining, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and a host of other activities that show off the tremendous natural advantages of Los Cabos. One of the best of these outdoor activities is the Outback and Camel Safari offered Cabo Adventures.

Cabo Adventures is one of the best tour companies in town, and, in addition to the safari, offers dolphin swims, America’s Cup yacht racing, and ziplining in a UNESCO protected biosphere.  The safari begins with a ride up the coast into desert terrain, where the knowledgeable and funny guides give guests a short course on the flora and fauna of Baja California Sur, the original inhabitants and their traditional remedies, all while hiking through a vast array of cacti and other indigenous species of plants and animals. This is one of the highlights of the tour, particularly since some of the Cardon cacti grow to tremedous heights, and provide a magnificent perspective as you look out towards the Pacific Ocean.

An outback journey through Baja to the Pacific Ocean.Photo courtesy of Cabo Adventures.

After a camel ride along the beach, you can get a couple of kisses from your camel before heading off to a presentation of the ancient art of tortilla rolling, still so central to Mexican cuisine. This presentation whets the appetite for lunch, which consists of a traditional meal that is the equal of any you will have in the five star dining establishments of San Lucas. It is simple and honest fare, but is incredibly delicious. If you have never tried nopales, a salad made from prickly pear cactus, you are in for a treat. The salad is cool, flavorful, and a lovely treat on a hot and dusty day. Rest assured however, that the culinary treats get progressively more interesting during the afternoon.

After the lunch break, your guide will tell you about the history and distillation of Mexican liquors like tequila and mezcal. This is an interactive lesson, as the guide comes armed with bottles of tequila blanco, tequila anenjo, and mezcal, as well as the limes and salt to enjoy these powerful beverages in the traditional manner. The tequilas are actually quite smooth, although the mezcal has quite a kick. If you have never tried it, imagine a smoky single malt scotch crossed with gasoline. The first shot is the toughest, but the mezcal gets progressively better as you have a few more drinks. Once you are sufficiently prepared, your guide will offer you a traditional pairing for mezcal: crickets! The crickets are prepared with lime and chile powder, and once you can bring yourself to chew them, are actually quite tasty. In certain parts of Mexico, cricket tacos with salsa are considered a delicacy. While you may not be ready for a cricket taco, try one with the mezcal. You don’t want to offend your guide.

Tags: baja, cabo san lucas, camel, crickets, ecotours, Los Cabos, mezcal, outback, safari, tequila

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